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that certain je ne c’est quoi…

Walking home with Liam today after school, around 5:30.¬† Liam was chatting madly about a new dessert he’s going to invent, “Butterscotch Caramel Kingdom,” which – as near as I can tell – involves dipping butterscotch candy in caramel sauce and mixing each piece into ice cream. Yum. Walking towards us along Irving Place came a Hasidic man with prayer curls and a long beard, wearing the full ensemble:¬†beaver hat, …

Lids to Legos; or, Twenty Years in Manhattan

  At the end of class last week, one of my NYU students asked me where I was from and when I told her that I was originally from the midwest, she looked surprised. “You seem like I always imagined a New Yorker would be,” she said. I’m not going to hazard what she might have meant by that comment (fast talking? highly functioning crazy lady? digressive to the extreme?) …